Jun 2017 Career Vacancy Busara Center For Global Finance & Accounting Manager in Nairobi

Job Career: Busara Center Global for Finance & Accounting Manager in Nairobi


Job Vacancy: Busara Center Global For Finance & Accounting Manager in Nairobi

Busara Center for Behavioral Economics

Global Finance and Accounting Manager

Nairobi County, Kenya
Finance and Accounting
POSITION SUMMARY: Busara is a behavioral science research and advisory organization that conducts projects across a wide range of sectors and disciplines, including financial inclusion, health, and governance.

In four years, we have grown from four people in our Nairobi office to over 100 across the region.
We are a US 501(c)3 nonprofit with our main operations in Kenya, a new office in Uganda, and active projects in Tanzania, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Ghana.

The Global Finance and Accounting Manager oversees Busara’s financial and management accounting, including regulatory reporting and global financial projections and analysis.

Based in our main office in Nairobi, the Manager will set and oversee the strategic direction and daily activities of the Finance and Accounting team, which involves managing the Finance and Accounting office in Nairobi, as well as overseeing finance and accounting in our US and Kampala offices.

The Manager will take on a driving role with respect to Busara’s financial policies, keeping up with relevant regulatory changes in all markets where Busara has a presence.

We are looking for a high-capacity, action-oriented individual who has finance experience, understands US accounting practices and nonprofit reporting requirements (990s, etc.), is hands-on, invests in team development, and is keen to capitalize on his/her experience to help Busara continue to build and grow high-performing organization.


  • Manage the Finance and Accounting team to oversee day to day accounting, invoicing, cash management, internal financial reporting, and any necessary donor reporting across the all areas where Busara works
  • Prepare regular financial reports and projections for Busara senior management
  • Contribute to building and monitoring the annual organizational and Operations budget
  • Ensure strict controls and the smooth flow of funds for Busara’s many projects in the field in Kenya, Uganda, and in other African countries where Busara works
  • Coordinate the work of the Finance and Accounting team to ensure timely and accurate reporting to management, project teams, and the Board of Directors
  • Continually review financial and accounting practices and procedures for better efficiency and risk reduction
  • Identify and proactively raise potential issues or opportunities for improvement in accounting practices, financial processes, and controls, working with Busara senior management to address or implement solutions
  • Responsible for ensuring compliance with relevant statutory requirements and standards in Kenya and other African markets where Busara works
  • Provide actionable budget guidance and financial planning advice to project teams, starting from the proposal stage, and including budget monitoring and project closeout
  • Oversee design and implementation of accessible, actionable training to project staff on relevant Finance and Accounting policies
  • Update and oversee Busara’s Accounts Receivable process and policies
  • When Busara opens an office in a new country, train Operations staff there on Finance and Accounting, continually monitoring compliance with our policies and practices
  • Build a system to ensure consistent application of Busara’s Finance and Accounting policies throughout all projects, taking into consideration any relevant donor or client requirements
  • Regularly liaise with Busara senior management to monitor spend against budget, assess risk areas, and continually grow and refine the organization’s finance function
  • Develop and document business processes and accounting policies to maintain and strengthen internal controls
  • Proactively develop Busara’s financial forecast analysis to assist in areas such as management of currency risk, cost allocation rates, etc.
  • An advanced degree in business, economics, finance, or a related field (MBA and/or CPA qualification)
  • Deep knowledge of standard accounting principles (GAAP, IFRS, etc.)
  • 5+ years of experience in accounting, auditing, and/or financial services
  • Prior professional experience in East Africa preferable
  • Experience managing a small team
  • Advanced working knowledge of NetSuite accounting software (or extensive experience with a similar system)
  • Financial modeling experience
  • Ability to effectively communicate and project financial policies to other staff
  • Ability to aggressively anticipate workload and issues, in order to prioritize team workflow and deliverables
  • Positive working attitude, with a focus on results
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality and integrity of accounting information
  • Strong experience in financial analysis and building projections, with advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel (with the ability to work with lookups and pivot tables)
  • Strong interpersonal skills, as well as excellent written and verbal communication
  • Self motivated, with a desire for continual learning
  • Competitive salary and health insurance
  • Dynamic work environment with opportunity for growth
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